Electrodynamics E 1100-3Ind05
Classical electrodynamics gave birth to field theoretic description of interactions and paved the way to theoretical unification of fundamental forces. Its understanding is a prerequisite to the quantum theory of fundamental interactions. Methods developed in electrodynamics are universal and find applications in many branches of physics.
1. Basic laws of classical electrodynamics: Maxwell's laws in vacuum, electromagnetic potentials, symmetries and conservation laws, invariance under Lorentz transformations.
2. Covariant formulation: space-time, fourtensors, elements of classical field theory, Lagrangian, Hamilton's principle, equations of motion, Noether's theorem, charge in external electromagnetic field, Aharonov-Bohm effect.
3. Maxwell's equations in matter: macroscopic fields, boundary conditions at interfaces of different media.
4. Electrostatics: basic equations, Dirichlet and Neuman problem, Green's function, multipole expansion, energy, force and torque of electrostatic field.
5. Magnetostatics and stationary currents: basic laws, analogy to electrostatics, potentials, stationary currents, energy, force and torque of magnetic field.
6. Time-varying electromagnetic fields: electromagnetic fields in vacuum and in matter, Green's functions, dispersion relations, multipole expansion for time-varying fields, elements of diffraction theory, geometric optics.
This instruction is not a strict translation of the polish version.
Description by Jan Kalinowski, November 2009.
1. J. D. Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics
2. D. J. Griffiths, Introduction to electrodynamics
3. L. Landau, E. Lifszyc, Field theory
4. L. Landau, E. Lifszyc, Electrodynamics of continuous media
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